Posted: August 13th, 2009 | Author: Heather | Filed under: Ireland | Tags: Dublin, Ireland | No Comments »
As of three years ago, Dublin, Ireland, had a population of over five hundred thousand people. That pretty well makes it the largest city in all of Ireland. It is the country’s capital too. Located right at the mouth of the lovely River Laffey, Dublin is not only a highly contemporary center, but it is also a richly historical site and cultural center.
Two years ago, and with good reason, it was voted Europe’s friendliest city. The tourist industry there thrives primarily because the people there are so warm, welcoming, and friendly — not to mention fun!
For instance, estimates suggest that more than half of the people living in Dublin are 25 years old or younger. There are thus plenty of night clubs and pubs to be found, especially around Temple Bar, Wexford Street, Harcourt Street, Leeson Street, and Camden Street.
As for the arts, Dublin has produced many of the greats, from musicians to writers to poets and beyond. Most of us are aware of U2′s origins there, but add to that list Bram Stoker, James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, and George Bernard Shaw, among many more.
From Dublin Castle to the Abbey to the National Gallery, Dublin is also home to some of the most historically rich sites in all the world.